Aging Mothers and Their Adult Daughters

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A Study in Mixed Emotions


  • Karen L. Fingerman PhD

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"As far as I am aware, there is no other scholarly book on adult mother/daughter relationships, particularly one that incorporates data from pairs of mothers and daughters...I believe that the contents provide useful material for instructors, researchers, and therapists alike."
- Rosemary Blieszner, PhD
Professor of Gerontology and Family Studies
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

The mother/daughter tie is one that persists well past childhood and it takes on unique characteristics as daughter enter midlife and mohers enter old age. Incorporating vivid descriptions by mothers and daughters about their relationships, this book addresses both the rewards and the costs that mothers and daughters incur in maintaining their relationships into old age. For psychologists, gerontologists, and sociologists, as well as academics and researchers in women's and family studies.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date January 04, 2001
  • Page Count 256
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826113795
  • EISBN 9780826116116

Table of Contents 

    Part 1: Aging Mothers and Adult Daughters
  1. Complexities of the Mother/Daughter Tie
  2. The Mothers and Daughters in This Study

  3. Part 2: Positive Features of the Mother/Daughter Tie
  4. Theories About Mother/Daughter Ties
  5. The Pleasure of Her Company

  6. Part 3: Problems in the Mother/Daughter Tie
  7. The Developmental Schism
  8. The History of the Mother/Daughter Tie
  9. A Problematic Encounter
  10. Shared Perceptions of Problems

  11. Part 4: Mothers’ and Daughters’ Reactions to Problems
  12. Interpersonal Conflict and Communication
  13. Mothers’ and Daughter’s Responses to Tensions
  14. Once a Mother, Always a Mother

  15. Appendix A
    Methodological Decisions
    Appendix B (to come)